Your best work, Steve. I was laid off a little less than six months ago, and your advice was essentially summarized by this article: focus on creating value.
So where am I now?
I am happy. Every morning, I wake up and look forward to contributing to my community, to helping people. As a result, I've created so much demand for my service that I've been forced to think more about things like "am I getting enough sleep to maintain these hours" and less about things like "how can I sleep when the economy is collapsing?" I'm not naive to the possibility of a disaster slowing my growth, but so long as there be a society, I will be one of its survivors.